Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library November 14-17, 2014


Michael Audain named VAG’s first Honorary Chairman The Vancouver Art Gallery is proud to announce Michael Audain, the former Chair of the Vancouver Art Gallery Board of Trustees and Foundation as well as one of the Gallery’s strongest supporters and advocates, to be the first Honorary Chairman in the Gallery’s 83-year history. The Honorary Chairman is a lifetime position that recognizes the distinguished involvement of those eminently qualified in one or more aspects of the Gallery’s activities. Vancouver Sun, November 14, 2014

Unscrolling the latest in Chinese art at the VAG If one work embodies the theme of the newest exhibition about tradition in contemporary Chinese art at the Vancouver Art Gallery, then it is the one you see as soon as you arrive on the second floor. Vancouver Sun, November 15, 2014

Artist Jennifer Wen Ma’s modern art has roots in traditional Chinese artifacts The Vancouver Art Gallery’s newest exhibit is designed to showcase contemporary Chinese artists, through 30 large-scale artworks – from installations to digital animations. Those works, although quintessentially modern, are still influenced by centuries of tradition, something evident by another exhibit running simultaneously at the gallery. CBC, November 14, 2014

Vancouver mayoral candidates vow to fight for new art gallery Front-runners Gregor Robertson and Kirk LaPointe believe the VAG needs a new facility. Both vow to fight for funding from the federal and provincial governments, as does COPE’s Meena Wong. Globe and Mail, November 14, 2014


Robert Amos: The stylish allure of Japanese prints Japanese prints drew me to Victoria in the first place. In picture books, I’d seen The Great Wave, that famous print by Hokusai, and learned that the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria had Canada’s leading collection of art from Japan. Subsequently, I came to Victoria and for the first few years worked at the gallery. One day, I noticed some attractive and more modern prints. Times Colonist, November 16, 2014


Actress Jane Seymour in town for exhibition of her art The Art Evolution Gallery & Lounge is presenting an array of original and limited-edition artwork by actress Jane Seymour. Calgary Herald, November 14, 2014


The father of candid glamour: A look at photographer Arthur Elgort … In his monumental photographs of fashion’s great beauties – including Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington and Kate Moss – Elgort offers a unique brand of raw, spirited intimacy atypical of conventional fashion photography. Globe and Mail, November 14, 2014

Cosy row house an anchor for Toronto photo artist | The … Photo artist Suzy Lake ( is being honoured with an exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) until March 22 for her more than four decade career of examining and critiquing the body, gender and identity. Introducing Suzy Lake is the name of the retrospective and her book which will both be available to the public this month. London Free Press, November 14, 2014


Making art out of drabness: The work of the cartoonist Seth “For me, it’s the complexity of culture,” says Shuebrook, about this commingling of work from very different traditions. In the end, it’s all about expressing something on paper, whether in the “frozen reality” of Seth’s buildings or the dynamic arcs of Shuebrook’s abstracts. Globe and Mail, November 15, 2014


A show that goes pow! pow! pow! The Jack Bush retrospective at the National Gallery of Canada In a 1968 entry in the daily diaries he kept for 25 years until his death (too soon) at 68 in 1977, Bush wrote of his desire to “come up with a show that goes pow! pow! pow!” This is that show. Globe and Mail, November 14, 2014

The irresistible triumph of Jack Bush, at the National Gallery … The National Gallery of Canada’s new retrospective of works by Jack Bush — the Canadian artist who achieved international success with his colour-field paintings in the 1960s and 1970s — is also an expansive demonstration of what painting can be. Ottawa Citizen, November 14, 2014

Los Angeles

When David Hockney’s Working In His Los Angeles Studio, He Feels Like Picasso “I don’t go out, I hardly ever leave here,” Hockney says. “I go out to the dentist, the doctor, the bookstore and the marijuana store, because you have to go to each of those yourself. And that’s it.” The observer, November 16, 2014

North Adams

Mass MoCA , Transforming Itself And Its Mission, Will Partner Over The Long Term With Major 21st Century Artists James Turrell will have 35,000 square feet for 25 years; Laurie Anderson will have installation galleries and a production studio; and that’s just the start. New York Times, November 16, 2014

New York

Cézanne’s Muse, at Least on Canvas Paul Cézanne’s second-most frequent portrait subject was his wife, Marie-Hortense Fiquet. New York Times, November 15, 2014

Jeffrey Deitch Is Back on the Art Auction Scene Mr. Deitch is back in New York and has a new book and new catalog, new artist collaborations and more. New York Times, November 15, 2014

Washington, D.C.

The New Smithsonian Design Has Futuristic Plans For The Mall In D.C.The current design, which is a mishmash of buildings built over the past century, can be difficult for tourists to navigate and isn’t up-to-par for modern exhibitions. In addition, it faces away from the National Mall, making it less inviting to those walking from the US Capitol to other sites.” The Verge, November 16, 2014


Emily Carr: Canada’s answer to Frida Kahlo Carr longed only to paint the rainforests and wild skies of her native British Columbia – and, like Kahlo, she captured the indigenous traditions of her homeland. Ahead of her first major European show, 70 years after her death, we celebrate Canada’s first true modernist. The Guardian, November 114, 2014

An Artist And His 3D Printer Create Sculptures So Small, No Human Eye Can See Them “His works are 80 by 100 by 20 microns and can only be detected on the screen of an extremely powerful scanning electron microscope.” Huffington Post, November 14, 2014


A Bike Path Modeled On Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” “The ‘Van Gogh-Roosegaarde’ cycle avenue debuted this week just outside of Eindhoven, the design capital of the southern Netherlands.” CityLab, November 14, 2014


Creating Cathedrals (To The Arts) With Frank Gehry Even by Gehry’s elevated standards, no contemporary museum anywhere is more enchanting than the Louis Vuitton Foundation, inaugurated two weeks after the opening of a major retrospective of his work at the Pompidou Center. Los Angeles Review of Books, November 15, 2014

Sansepolgro, Italy

Spared in war, Italy’s ‘greatest picture’ saved again by benefactor An Italian Renaissance masterpiece that English novelist Aldous Huxley once described as “the greatest picture in the world” was saved from destruction in World War Two by a British artillery officer who defied orders to shell the town. Globe and Mail, November 16, 2014


Should Minimum Wage Apply To The Arts (& If Not, How Should Artists Make A Living?) “While administrative staffers on payrolls of Chicago theaters, performance collectives and small dance companies generally make at least minimum wage, performers, sometimes categorized as solo independent contractors and thus beyond the legal reach of minimum wage, might be paid little or, in some cases, nothing.” Chicago Tribune, November 14, 2014


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